I came across this somewhat self-serving article by Republican Michelle Park Steel the other day in AsianWeek, The New [Asian American] Face of the [California] Grand Old Party, it’s exciting to read the increasing involvement of Asian Americans in public service:
“For the first time in California history, Asian Americans hold four out of the five [elected] seats on the [State Board of Equalization] board, with three of the five members Asian American women.”
John Chiang, who formerly was on the Board of Equalization, is now California’s highest ranking elected Asian American, as State Controller,formerly held by Steve Westley. I’ve complained in the past about the lack of Asian American involvement in politics, so it’s exciting to see that we’re getting more involved. In fact, in a UCLA study released last year (2006), “Asian Americans Called the New ‘Sleeping Giant’ in California Politics.” I’m glad Asian Americans are waking up!